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National School Nutrition Programme


The Basic Education Minister and eight provincial education departments have been ordered by a court to provide meals to learners who need them during the Covid-19 pandemic. This comes after Equal Education and two Limpopo school schools filed an urgent application against the Minister and provincial education MECs.


Rolling out of the National School Nutrition Programme (NSNP) has not gone smoothly for the department of Basic Education. It has been taken to court several times and was recently ordered to provide meals to all learners, even those who had not returned to school. 


For some learners in Limpopo, transport to collect food at school cost more than the meal itself. A school in Limpopo says at least 40 of its learners need scholar transport to collect meals.

By Bernard Chiguvare.


There have been many problems with the government's plan to provide meals to learners during the lockdown. It has even been accused of using social media to lie about how successful the school feeding programme has been. This has upset a few organisations, including Equal Education which has taken Minister Motshekga and eight provinces to court for failing to follow a court order. 


Some learners have not been going to school to collect their daily meals since the 4-week break started. This has made it difficult for the education department to reach out to the 9.6 million learners who rely on the school nutrition programme for a daily meal. 


The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is calling for the National School Nutrition Programme to be made available to all learners. 

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